Horror as nurse is stabbed in the neck outside a hospital in a random attack by a man who asked her for a cigarette
- A nurse was stabbed in the neck by a man who asked her for a cigarette
- She was attacked outside Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide on Monday
- The victim of the unprovoked attack is in hospital in a stable condition
- The suspect fled the scene and the police are now investigating the attack
A nurse has been stabbed in the neck by a man who asked her for a cigarette in an unprovoked attack.
The hospital staffer, who has not been identified, was just outside Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide when a man asked her for a cigarette around 6.30pm on Monday.
The man, believed to be Caucasian, then stabbed her in the neck with a sharp object before fleeing the scene.
The hospital staffer, who has not been identified, was just outside Lyell McEwin Hospital (pictured) in Adelaide when a man asked her for a cigarette around 6.30pm on Monday
The victim was taken to hospital at with non-life threatening injuries and is in a stable condition.
A South Australia Health spokesperson confirmed the nurse was being ‘well-cared for’ by her colleagues.
The spokesperson also said the police are ‘working closely’ with hospital security, who were on site, to investigate the incident.
Health Minister Stephen Wade said he planned to hold an urgent briefing about the attack with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.
‘Our hardworking staff do an amazing job and should be able to come and go from their workplace safely,’ Mr Wade said, The Advertiser reported.
‘Our number one priority is to provide a safe working environment for our staff and patients.’
The victim was taken to hospital at with non-life threatening injuries and is in a stable condition (pictured)
Opposition health spokesman Chris Picton said ‘everything’ must be done to ensure the safety of hospital workers.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation state secretary Elizabeth Dabars said concerns had been raised in regards to ‘hospital security’ and ‘patient aggression’.
A police spokesperson confirmed they were investigating the serious assault.
The suspect is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 185cm tall with short dark hair, and was wearing a black jumper.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000